A Word From Our Director: 2023 Spring Newsletter

As our climate changes, plants and animals shift their distributions by colonizing and establishing new territory to find suitable microclimates that allow them to persist and producing offspring to continue the process. The problem is that this process takes time, often generations; and the process is complicated by landscape fragmentation such as roads, dams, development, and the impacts invasive species have on habitats.

Volunteer Experience

Hear from Lucas Russel, who has become one of our Invasive Species Warriors, about his experience volunteering with SLELO PRISM.

Volunteer Challenge

Take the Volunteer Challenge to get involved and win prizes!

A Word From a Steward

A watercraft inspection steward shares the importance of the clean, drain, and dry message.

Notable Native Sighting

Water Marigold, Bidens beckii, is commonly found in shallow slow-moving waters. Considered to be a more uncommon species in the northeast, our early detection team has encountered b. beckii during surveys in our region making it a native worth noting.

Aquatic Updates: Spring 2023

Updates from our Aquatic Restoration and Resiliency Coordinator, Brittney Rogers, showcasing WISP, eDNA, and restoration efforts.

Calling All Water Chestnut Organizers

Each year, dozens of conservation professionals and volunteers across the state work together to remove thousands of pounds of water chestnut by hand out from New York waterbodies. Learn how to make your efforts count by reporting your water chestnut pull data to iMapInvasives.

Terrestrial Updates: Spring 2023

Updates from our Terrestrial Restoration and Resiliency Coordinator, Robert Smith highlighting field season accomplishments, along with upcoming plans for the 2023 field season.

eDNA Aids HWA Early Detection

Research led by the New York State Hemlock Initiative (NYSHI) at Cornell University suggests that eDNA is more sensitive than visual surveys when HWA is at low densities.

About the Cover: 2023 Winter Newsletter

New York’s PRISM network, in collaboration with the NYS DEC, many state agencies, and partners, is in a unique position to lead the way towards preventing and managing invasive species well beyond backyard conservation into largescale connected land and waterscapes.